Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Dear Elisa:


Woodblock Print #42 from 100 Views of Edo
"Cherry Blossoms by Tama River" (1856)
by Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858),
Brooklyn Museum Notes

Hawkeye Belle Rose
Pink blend Shrub
light pink shading
Blooms with 42 petals
Extremely fragrant
Diameter: 4.25 inches
Height: 4 feet-5 feet
Bred in 1975, USA
by Dr. Griffith J. Buck

Spring is coming, just three weeks away!
May cherry blossoms of Ando Hiroshige's
Woodcut #42 and extremely fragrant
Hawkeye Belle Rose with 42 petals
bring you much joyfulness, serenity,
and peace in your 42nd year.

Lao Tzu
(604 B.C.-517 B.C.)
Chinese silk painting
from British Museum
Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Verse 42:

The Tao gives birth to One.
One gives birth to Two.
Two gives birth to Three.
Three gives birth to all things.
All things with backs to the female
and stand facing the male.
When male and female combine,
all things achieve harmony.
Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is one with the whole universe.

— translated by Stephen Mitchell
     Harper Perennial (1994)

Jackie Robinson wore #42
for Brooklyn Dodgers
(1947-1956); Hall of Fame 1962
#42 retired by all MLB teams

At age 42, David Livingstone was first European to see Victoria Falls (November 16, 1855).
At age 42, Eadweard Muybridge showed Leland Stanford all four feet of galloping horse are off the ground

Livingstone (1813-1873)

South Rhodesia #37A (issued 1938)
Muybridge (1830-1904)
Photograph of galloping horse (1872)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams (1979)

Douglas Adams
Book (1st Edition)

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Movie (2005)
Directed by Garth Jennings

Douglas Adams
Book (1995)

"42" Notebook
College Ruled, 8.5"x11"
A race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who built a computer named Deep Thought
to calculate the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
When the answer was finally revealed— it was 42.

Happy 42nd Birthday Dear Elisa—

May you find 42
a most beautiful
and fruitful year.

With Much Love,

Uncle Peter

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